The Rs.5,150-crore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at the Kamarajar port, Ennore, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is expected to usher a ‘green wave’ in South-Eastern India by offering natural gas as a clean and economically viable fuel, which will also help in reducing the carbon footprint.
Conceived six years ago, this is the first LNG terminal on the East Coast in South India. Tamil Nadu will be the biggest beneficiary with the LNG to be supplied to customers in Manali region and to many units right up to Ramanathapuram down South. IndianOil, through its joint venture company IndianOil LNG Pvt. Ltd, has developed a 5-million tonnes per annum (mtpa) capacity LNG terminal.
At present, there is very limited gas infrastructure in Tamil Nadu. To begin with, the terminal will meet the gas requirements of Manali area for customers such as Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Madras Fertilisers Ltd, Tamil Nadu Petroproducts and Manali Petrochemicals Ltd, said an IOC spokesperson. In future, natural gas from the terminal will also be catering to the gas requirements of entire Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.